Hopewell Happenings

November 3, 2021


Through an innovative learning community, Hopewell Elementary teaches the whole child by building trusting relationships, creating high expectations and celebrating differences.


Hopewell Elementary is a learning community dedicated to the success of every child.

School Information

Hopewell Elementary School

School Phone: 816-359-4410

Principal: Dr. Melissa Hensley

Assistant Principal: Dr. Megan Brethower

Front Office

Administrative Assistant to the Principal: Debbie Rich

Administrative Assistant- Attendance: Marci Wettstein

Nurse Melissa Burghardt

(816) 359-4414


If you need to make transportation changes, please contact the office prior to 3:00 pm. this will help the office ensure that dismissal goes smoothly and minimize the chance of possible miscommunication.

Important November Dates

4: No School

5: No School

9: Fourth Grade Musical, 6:30 pm

10: Early Release dismissal at 2:00 pm

11: Veteran's Day

16: PTA Meeting, 6:00 pm HP Cafeteria

18: Fall Picture Retake Day

24-26: Thanksgiving Break, No School

Working for 100% Parent Teacher Conference Participation!

Thank you so much for signing up and attending parent-teacher conferences. It takes the support of our parents to ensure success for all of our students, and we appreciate the home to school connection you are providing our teachers. Our goal is to have 100% participation! If you have not signed up, please contact your child's teacher and help us reach out goal.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Officials from the FDA and the CDC approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children between five and 11 years old, so we will partner with the Platte County Health Department to provide a vaccination clinic for those families who want the vaccine for their children.

Now that it's possible to get our younger students vaccinated, we can start looking at potential updates to our health and safety precautions, depending on the level of cases in our area.

For families who choose to participate, the clinic for the first dose would be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20 at Congress Middle School. The clinic for the second dose would be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11 at Congress. The students would be considered fully vaccinated on Dec. 25.

To get a vaccine at this clinic, the child must be a Park Hill School District or St. Therese School student and must be between five and 11 years old. The health department will not have any of the doses for older children or adults at this clinic.

The Platte County Health Department has an online sign-up form. Families who want to participate should sign their children up ahead of time. During the final hour of the clinic, if there are any doses left, they might be able to help walk-ins on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you need help filling out the sign-up form or need any other assistance to be able to participate, contact our school nurse, Melissa Burghardt at 359-4414.

Several local pediatricians will attend the clinics to be on hand if families have any questions.

Entertainment and Support:
High-school student volunteers from the A+ program will be available to help entertain and support the younger children while they wait for 15 minutes after the vaccination.

Musical Protocol

We are super excited to bring back musicals this year! We will be following Park Hill's safety protocol which means;

  • Only two guests per student
  • Seating will be set for social distancing
  • Masks will be required

4th GRADE MUSICAL - Thwaked!

Tuesday, November 9th at 6:30 pm

Please enter through Door 11, our east side, bus entrance; doors will open at 6:15, no earlier. Students will proceed to their classrooms.

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Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) Days for Park Hill

As the weather grows colder and we spy a few snowflakes, we wanted to remind you about what we will do when it isn't safe to have in-person school.

The state allocated five AMI (alternative methods of instruction) distance learning days, which means that on bad weather days, all students will learn from home from 9 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. On the sixth bad-weather day, we will call a snow day, which would mean all students, even Park Hill Online Academy students, will not have school.

Curriculum Connections for November

Check out the linked Curriculum Connections below to see what our Hopewell Hawks will be working on in each subject area in November! We want to share the learning topics at all of the grade levels so that you are familiar with what topics and content are taught this month! Your child's teacher is always happy to provide more details should you have questions!

November 2021 ELA Curriculum Connection

November 2021 Math Curriculum Connection

November 2021 Science/Social Studies Curriculum Connection

Counselor's Connection

    • School Counselor Referral: If you’d like Mr. Wideman to talk with your child or call you, reach out to him by email (widemana@parkhill.k12.mo.us), phone (816-359-5589), or by filling out the form at this link: School Counselor Referral
      • Counselor lessons: Over the past month, we have wrapped up our lessons on safe and unsafe substances. Each grade level has unique lessons based on developmental needs. In the younger grades, we talk broadly and generally about asking a safe adult before you play with something, take medicine, or put something in your mouth. In the older grades, we placed an emphasis on being drug-free, what that means, and why our Hopewell Hawks want to be drug-free.

      Andrew Wideman



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      PTA Reflections!

      Deadline Coming Soon: Friday, November 12th!

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      Repeated Information

      Join PTA!!

      Our PTA does an amazing job supporting our Hawk community. We want to encourage you to join our PTA. The PTA is comprised of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools.

      Personal membership: https://my.cheddarup.com/c/personal-memberships

      Business membership: https://my.cheddarup.com/c/business-memberships

      Staff membership: https://my.cheddarup.com/c/staff-membership-57738

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      NEW Birthday or Classroom Treats

      New Birthday Treat Guidelines

      Because of food and labor shortages, our Nutrition Services department can no longer provide birthday treats after Friday, Sept. 17.

      If you already ordered treats, we will be able to fill orders that were scheduled to go out this week.

      We apologize for the inconvenience, but we must cancel any birthday treat orders that were scheduled to go out on Monday, Sept. 20 or later. If you need a refund, please let us know by calling the Nutrition Services department at 816-359-4090.

      Approved Birthday Treats:
      We will start allowing families to send birthday treats if they want to do so, as long as they come from our list of treats that contain none of the major allergens.

      Thank you for understanding that all classroom treats must come from this list, because we do not have the staff capacity to check for allergens that could threaten the health of some students.

      Please bring birthday treats ahead of time (two hours after the start of school, at the latest).

      · Stickers

      · Erasers

      · Pencils

      · Crazy straws

      · Blow Pops

      · Juice boxes

      · Popcorn

      · Smarties

      · Dum Dum lollipops

      · Jelly Belly

      · Nerds

      · Ring Pops

      · Skittles

      · Sour Patch Kids

      · Starburst

      · Swedish Fish

      · Life Saver Gummies

      Bus and Car Rider Lanes

      As you come up the Hopewell drive, you will see a sign with an arrow directing busses to the left and car riders to the right. Last year we did the opposite to accommodate for so many car riders. This year we believe we have a system that will allow us to resume the original route. This means car riders will be dropped off and picked up at the front of the building and bus riders will arrive and get on the bus on the east side of our building. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we get into a routine the first several days.
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      Arrival and Dismissal


      • Students may arrive at 8:50 am. Students may not enter earlier unless attending a before school club, because there is not adult supervision until 8:50 am.
      • As soon as busses and car riders arrive at 8:50 am, they may go straight to their classroom or stop at the cafeteria for breakfast.
      • Breakfast is served from 8:50 to 9:10 am.
      • Instruction begins at 9:10 am.


      • We begin dismissal at 3:50 pm to allow for student travel time within the building for our 4:00 pm dismissal. For example, car rider students walk to the cafeteria for dismissal and Adventure Club to the gym.
      • Please remember the first several days of school dismissal will take longer. We doublecheck all bus rosters and placards for car riders.

      Car Riders

      • The first day of school each family will receive a placard. Whoever is picking up the child should have this placard to ensure the safety of our children.
      • As you arrive in the morning, there will be one car line with staff members assisting students exiting from cars. Please wait for a staff member to assist your student before they get out of the car.
      • At dismissal, there will be a double lane of cars to help expedite pick up.

      Bus Riders

      • Bus information will be available in the parent portal on Tuesday, August 17th.
      • Masks are to be worn on the bus.

      Change of Transportation

      Please have any change of transportation called into the office no later than 3:00 pm. This is to help ensure accurate communication in a timely manner.

      Breakfast and Lunch Information

      The Park Hill School District participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast program, which is a UDSA (United States Department of Agriculture) program. Currently, the USDA has approved a 2021-22 waiver which allows all children 0-18 in the Park Hill district boundaries to receive free breakfast and lunch daily while school is in session. We have more details here.

      For more information about school lunch, please visit the link below:

      Nutrition Services Department

      Student Medications

      Hopewell's health room is staffed by registered nurse, Melissa Burghardt. All non-prescription, over-the-counter medication must be sent in the original container with written instructions by the parent or physician. Before any prescription medication can be administered, it must be in a prescription labeled bottle accompanied by a doctor's note, and the Medication Authorization Form must be completed and signed by the parent or guardian. Parents must bring all medication to the health room; please do not send it with a student. All necessary forms can be obtained from the office.

      Phone: 359-4414

      Student Badges

      All Park Hill students are issued ID badges. These badges, along with a school-issued lanyard will be required to be worn every day. Student ID badges support our safe and caring environment by providing proper identification and improved processes for several aspects of the school day. Students will use the badges to receive lunches in the cafeteria, when boarding our school buses, and for our library check-out process. Your child's badge will be provided by the school and one replacement badge will also be provided (in case of a lost badge). After the first free replacement badge, a $5 fee will be charged for each additional badge. Each student will also be provided with a lanyard. We ask that no other lanyards be used and no alterations/embellishment be made to the provided lanyard.

      Translation Information

      We partner with Argo Telephonic Translation Services to help us better communicate with families that speak a language other than English. We can set up an interpreter during parent conferences in addition to using a translator during phone calls. If you, or someone you know would benefit from this service, please let your child's teacher know, or contact an administrator.

      Image/ Contact Information Opt-Out Designation

      Throughout the school year, the district or school might take pictures/videos and release personal information about students. This could be to a local newspaper, Hopewell newsletters or on our school website. The district or school might also post pictures on social media (Facebook or Twitter). If you DO NOT want your child's image, please contact your child's teacher or the front office to fill out an Image/Contact Information OPT-OUT form.

      School Information

      School Phone: (816) 359-4410

      Principal: Dr. Melissa Hensley

      Assistant Principal: Dr. Megan Brethower

      Counselor: Andrew Wideman